ISBN-10:
1119025486
ISBN-13:
9781119025481
Pub. Date:
08/10/2015
Publisher:
Wiley
Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity / Edition 1

Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity / Edition 1

by Alastair J. L. Blanshard

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ISBN-13: 9781119025481
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Series: Classical Receptions Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alastair J. L. Blanshard is a senior lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Hercules: A Heroic Life (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Part I Roman Vice 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Naked Bodies 7

An Introduction (less than successful) to the Naked Body 7

The Naked Body in Greece 14

Naked Romans 21

The Love of Art and the Art of Love 28

3 Obscene Texts 34

Illustrating the Unspeakable 34

Talking Dirty 40

4 Erotic Rites 48

The Myth of the Orgy 48

Locating the Erotic in Roman Religion 55

5 Imperial Biography 65

The Private Lives of the Caesars 65

Explaining Roman Gossip Culture 79

Part II Greek Love 89

6 Introduction 91

What is 'Greek Love'? Scenes from a Courtroom I 92

7 Greece 97

The Loves of Hellas 97

The Platonic Vision 99

8 Rome and the West 109

Greece under Rome and Rome under Greece 109

Greek Love Burns Briefly, but Brightly 119

9 Renaissance and Enlightenment 124

Giving Birth in the Beautiful 124

The Pursuit of Love 135

10 Nineteenth Century and Beyond 143

Greek Love Triumphant 143

Sapphic Love 149

A Mixed Legacy: Greek Love in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 159

11 Epilogue 164

Scenes from a Courtroom II 164

Notes and Further Reading 166

Bibliography 190

Index 205

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"This is a sharply witty and provocative guide to ancient sexualtransgression - and to our modern fantasies, dreams and projectionsabout Greek love and Roman orgies." Simon Goldhill, CambridgeUniversity

“From George Washington unclad as a Roman prince, to thecult of Plato’s Symposium in nineteenth-centuryEngland, to cinematographic fantasies of Roman orgies, AlastairBlanshard explores how the Moderns became fascinated with classicalsex, Roman vice and Greek love. Often ironic, never naive andalways a pleasure, this book reveals the enduring appeal of Greeceand Rome in our erotic culture.”
Giulia Sissa, University of California at Los Angeles

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